@sportykev 3DR is the gold standard for hardware and firmware. Their flight controllers, OSD modules, and telemetry radio systems are the ones everyone else clones.
They've led the way in open source flight controller development. The best flight control systems on the market are the DJI Naza and the 3DR Pixhawk. But Pixhawk bleeds the edge in features, DJI follows.
3DR was responsible for making open source flight control hardware and software accessible to the public. They've been strong supporters of open source ground station software for years.
With Solo they've taken all their expertise and bundled it into a complete top shelf system. Surely they're pitching the software, but it's damn good, very capable software, and it wouldn't have any value without the excellent hardware and firmware system they've been developing with over ten years experience.
I don't own one, so I can't say if the Solo system is overpriced. But at a thousand bucks, for what it promises, I can say it seems like a better system than DJI offers at the same price point.
Oh, and (waving my flag) they are US company based in Berkley. Not a Chinese company in Shenzhen. I guess, as much as anything, I want them to succeed because they're the home team. /3DR Bromance
@ruouttaurmind thanks for catching me up. I thought they were a recent start-up. May have confused with another group. It was a white drone and looks similar to the Solo. They don't even need retractable legs because it looks to be smart enough to do it's panning without capturing other bits. Cool!